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All rumours point toward bigger screens for the next iPhones, and now a Chinese website claims Apple is making the large size part of the device's name.
9to5 Mac reports that Hong Kong-based Apple Daily has posted photos of what it claims are components of the next iPhone. While the 4.7- and 5.5-inch screens come as no surprise (although measurements are hard to verify from the pics), the name of the larger iPhone is: the iPhone 6L.
It's unclear how the site discovered the name (it doesn't appear on any of the photos), so take it with an extra heap of salt. If true, though, it begs the question: What will Apple's smaller iPhone be called?
It could be called the iPhone 6C, but that's unlikely. The only reason the iPhone 5C exists is because Apple was able to essentially repackage the previous year's model into cheaper components. Since the 4.7-inch iPhone will be a brand-new design, the "cheap" label doesn't make sense.
The "6S" name doesn't work either, since the "S" has always been reserved for the second generation of a particular iPhone design, and this year's revamp will feature all-new models. More likely the 4.7-inch iPhone will be called simply the iPhone 6.
Apple Daily claims to have some battery specs, too. The iPhone 6L will pack a 2,915 milliamp-hour (mAh) battery while the 4.7-inch model's will be 1,810 mAh, according to the report. (By comparison, the iPhone 5S has a 1,560 mAh battery.)
And that's pretty much it, apart from what's already been rumored. The new iPhones are said to have nearly "unbreakable" sapphire-crystal screens, although production difficulties may lead to either higher prices or delays. The new phones will certainly have faster chips and run iOS 8. Apple is rumored to have scheduled an event for Sept. 9.
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